Becoming Tom Thomson is about an actor getting into character for an upcoming film in which he’ll play the renowned Canadian wilderness painter who died mysteriously in Algonquin Park in 1917.
From learning to paint, canoe and fish to camping and fending off bears the host takes the audience on a journey back in time, scouting some of the locations that inspired the Canadian icon while also gaining first hand experience about what might have taken the young artist’s life.
The 28 day long shoot was shot in 10 blocks, over 14 months, at 3 locations in Northern Ontario that were 200 – 250 kilometres apart. The team live in Southern Ontario. It was clear from the beginning travel was going to be the production’s biggest carbon contributor.
Steve Belford, Producer at 80 North Entertainment, described how the team tackled sustainability challenges on the shoot: